Missouri Veterans Commission: Missouri Veterans Commission and Missouri Department of Economic Development Launch New Benefits and Resource Portal for Veterans and Military Members

Missouri Veterans Commission: Missouri Veterans Commission and Missouri Department of Economic Development Launch New Benefits and Resource Portal for Veterans and Military Members. “In collaboration with the Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) Office of the Missouri Military Advocate, MVC created the portal to serve as an informational tool and service guide to help Veterans find potential benefits and local resources.”

Military Times: Thousands of name errors possible in new Korean War remembrance wall, advocates fear

Military Times: Thousands of name errors possible in new Korean War remembrance wall, advocates fear. “From their home near Dallas, Hal and Ted Barker run the Korean War Project, a free-to-use online archive and database documenting those lost in Korea. The site represents more than four decades of research and effort to tell the stories of Korean War veterans such as their father. The Barkers and KWP volunteer researchers estimate there are some 2,000 name discrepancies in the DCAS list publicly available through NARA, they told Military Times.”

Roll Call: Veterans hit by huge pandemic-related records backlog

Roll Call: Veterans hit by huge pandemic-related records backlog. “Since the beginning of the pandemic, the [National Personnel Records Center] has sat empty, with employees working remotely. And records requests, most of which require someone to physically search for documents within the building, have been piling up. Now, the backlog has grown to more than 499,000 requests, according to a spokesperson for the National Archives, which oversees the NPRC. The National Archives estimates that it will take 18 to 24 months to clear the backlog once the center is staffed at full capacity.”

US Air Force: New ‘Air Force Review Boards Agency’ website launched

US Air Force: New ‘Air Force Review Boards Agency’ website launched . “The Department of the Air Force debuted a new website for past and present Airmen and Guardians to correct their military records, April 5. Members, and those submitting on their behalf, can submit applications and supporting documents to four boards: The Air Force Board for Correction of Military Records, Air Force Discharge Review Board, Department of Defense Discharge Appeal Review Board and Department of Defense Physical Disability Board of Review.”

Radio Connecting Vets: Military Women’s Memorial wants to hear from women veterans

Radio Connecting Vets: Military Women’s Memorial wants to hear from women veterans. “Women who have served in the U.S. armed forces have stories to tell — and the Military Women’s Memorial wants to help share them. The MWM recently launched a partnership with PenFed Credit Union to encourage military women and their families to preserve their experiences and submit their stories to the Military Women’s Memorial national registry.”

Lifestyle Asia: Filipinas Heritage Library And Rick Rocamora Uplift Filipino WW2 Veterans In Virtual Exhibit

Lifestyle Asia: Filipinas Heritage Library And Rick Rocamora Uplift Filipino WW2 Veterans In Virtual Exhibit . “The Filipinas Heritage Library (FHL) is partnering with photographer Rick Rocamora and filmmaker Howie Severino for a virtual multimedia exhibit about the Filipino veterans of World War II. Called A Long Road to Dignity, the multimedia exhibit will be freely accessible via Google Arts and Culture, starting on February 18, 2021.”

New Photos: Buffalo Soldiers at West Point (National Archives News)

National Archives News: New Photos: Buffalo Soldiers at West Point. “Photographs of Buffalo Soldiers serving at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY, during the early 20th century recently came to light at the National Archives. The images were discovered by a preservationist who was digitizing thousands of nitrate negatives transferred from the Academy to the Still Picture Branch of the National Archives at College Park, MD. Recognized for their expertise in riding, African American cavalry noncommissioned officers of the 9th and 10th Cavalry Regiments were stationed at West Point to serve in the Academy’s Detachment of Cavalry and teach Academy cadets military horsemanship.”

NY Daily News: Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery seeks to honor WWII veterans with extensive online database

NY Daily News: Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery seeks to honor WWII veterans with extensive online database. “World War II veterans buried at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn will soon be honored by a team of dedicated archivists set on preserving their memories. Staffers and volunteers at the historic grounds will pore over internment records and public documents to help identify men and women who served in the Second World War, and compile that information into an extensive online database to help honor their legacies…”

US VA: New rollout tool notifies high-risk Vets when to expect their vaccine

US VA: New rollout tool notifies high-risk Vets when to expect their vaccine. “With two COVID-19 vaccines available for emergency use and deliveries starting at VA health care facilities, many Veterans are wondering when they can receive the vaccine. Facilities will notify Veterans at high risk for contracting the virus or those who could develop serious illness about their eligibility and when they can expect to get their vaccine. This is possible because of VA’s new data outreach tool.”

Bay State Banner: Parks Service compiling online database of 54th Regiment soldiers, officers

Bay State Banner: Parks Service compiling online database of 54th Regiment soldiers, officers. “The effort has collected the names and details of over 1,500 men who served with the volunteer 54th Massachusetts Regiment between 1863 and 1865, when the Civil War ended. Data listed include the men’s age, enlistment and mustered-out dates, place of enlistment, profession at enlistment, rank and company.”

UPI: 1,000 veterans died of COVID-19 in November, VA reports

UPI: 1,000 veterans died of COVID-19 in November, VA reports. “The Department of Veterans Affairs recorded its highest monthly death count due to COVID-19 in November while case counts among the military continue an upward climb. The Department of Veterans Affairs reported [December 1] that COVID-19 killed more than 1,000 people in VA facilities in November — its highest death count in a single month.”

The Daily Beast: Veterans Saw Friends Die From COVID. Then It Got Worse.

The Daily Beast: Veterans Saw Friends Die From COVID. Then It Got Worse.. “First the coronavirus spread inside the Lyons, New Jersey, long-term Veterans Affairs facility and ravaged residents and staff. Then came what workers and veterans described as indifference and neglect from Lyons administrators as the bodies piled up and the lockdown dragged on. But to them, the worst part, the part that is ongoing nine months into the COVID-19 outbreak in America, has been watching people who need help and dignity, long after serving their country, give up.”

Stars and Stripes: Coronavirus cases among VA patients surpass 13,000

Stars and Stripes: Coronavirus cases among VA patients surpass 13,000. “More than 13,300 Department of Veterans Affairs patients are sick with the coronavirus — a number that more than doubled in the past 20 days and represents the most active cases the VA has ever had at one time. Cases have increased 108% since Nov. 2. On that day, VA cases hit an all-time high, surpassing the number of active cases seen during a surge of the virus in July. Every day since Nov. 2, the department has set a new record.”

Military Times: VA’s active coronavirus cases jump to more than 10,000

Military Times: VA’s active coronavirus cases jump to more than 10,000. “Active coronavirus cases among Department of Veterans Affairs patients reached their 14th consecutive day of record-high levels over the weekend, surpassing 10,000 for the first time since the start of the pandemic. Before November, the total active cases spread across the department’s medical centers had not gone above 6,400 at any point since the first coronavirus cases in America were identified in early March.”